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Pedal through the historic streets of Kyoto as you visit its magnificent temples and shrines by bike during this 3- to 4-hour small-group tour limited to 12 participants. Your intimate bike ride will give you a taste of the charming architecture, narrow alleys and beautiful religious structures that give this ancient imperial city its unique atmosphere. Your Kyoto bike ride excursion also includes a guide, a snack and a helmet.


  • Small-group bike tour of Kyoto
  • See Heian-Jingu Shrine and Nanzenji Temple
  • Ride down the Path of Philosophy
  • Maximum of 12 participants ensures a more personalized experience
  • Use of bike is included

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Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Kyoto Small-Group Bike Tour

Wind your way through the charming side streets and elegant temples of ancient Kyoto by bicycle, allowing an unexpected way to explore this famous Japanese city. Your small-group bike tour is the perfect chance to experience the daily rhythms and important attractions of one of the world’s most picturesque urban areas.
Start your bike excursion in the morning from Kyoto Station, where you’ll meet your guide and proceed to get your bike, helmet and brief safety instructions. Pedal off into the city by heading for the Kamo River, a route that affords excellent views of downtown, along with a collection of traditional restaurants that line the river banks.
Head next to Heian-Jingu Shrine, an important religious center known for its visually-striking red torii (sacred gate), where you’ll also have the chance to admire reconstructions of structures from Kyoto’s old palace complex.
Continue your cycle trip by riding along a network of charming canals, eventually reaching Nanzenji Temple, which embodies many of the typical stylistic details of classic Zen Buddhist religious structure. Take a few moments to explore the site’s collection of eye-catching small temples before proceeding on to the famous Path of Philosophy.
Arrive at the Path of Philosophy, a beautiful thoroughfare lined on both sides by hundreds of cherry trees. This iconic path was named by Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who used the walkway to practice meditation during his commute to nearby Kyoto University. After visiting the Path pf Philosophy, return by bicycle to Kyoto Station where you ride concludes.

Customer Reviews

Dena R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing bike tour - the guide Lulu was very easy to understand, had great stories and history, and knew a lot about the places we were visiting. This tour was the highlight of my 12 day trip to Japan.

Tanja S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great bike tour of Kyoto and the surrounding area. We rode along the river to see three temples. Guide was wonderful and knew a lot about Kyoto and Japanese life style. Note that this was a rigorous bike ride and riding between cars and crossing busy intersections means that you should be an experienced bike rider to enjoy this. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Jamie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was THE BEST way to get introduced to Kyoto. Even with the intense heat and humidity, the bike tour easily makes one of top highlights of my month in Japan. The tour guide was laid back, knowledgeable, and approachable. And the sake stop at the very end was a nice touch!

Alison W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The bike tour was too long for high summer heat mid 90's F and high humidity. We were dying... but we loved it and our guide was the nicest, most wonderful person.

Fiona F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We were a very small group so it was lovely and personal and we also had an extra guide along who was doing some training. Clearly this is a quality company! We did about 22k and saw some good examples of Shinto and Buddhist places of worship, cycled along the river, the Pholosophy Path, backgrounds of town, learning history and getting a good flavor for Kyoto. We got some suggestions for afternoon activities and good eats too!
Totally recommend this way to see a bit of the town.

Gregory R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic tour through back roads and alleys, and along the river, with stops at gorgeous temples, parks, and even a well-known spot for fresh rice milk drink. interesting taste! Our guide was very good, and had a great understanding of the history of the city and temples. It was an easy ride, too- pretty flat terrain most of the time. I would highly recommend this tour. The only part we didn't like was it was VERY hard to find the meeting spot. We had to call them twice.

Snehal I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

amazing way to see the city

Sarah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Highly recommend this tour! Lulu was so friendly and knowledgable.
Duration of the tour and locations visited were great. Price was very reasonable.
Loved it! Do it!

gabriela.studhalter Switzerland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great Experience, especially our very friendly guide showed us the most beautyfull hided Corners of Kyoto.
Being on the Bike, you come closer to the People.
It is a must to do this Tour! Thanks to Viator and the Guide!

Raphael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Touring the City by bike was a great way to see it. The tour was not too long and the tour guide spoke great English. I would definitely do this again.

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